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  • Eat, sleep, work, repeat.
    4th June 2022 Kralendijk, Bonaire – Kralendijk, Bonaire via Klien Bonaire, Bonaire Life is based around cycles. Corporate man goes through, eat, sleep, work, repeat; politicians have a cycle of lie, deny, then take a bribe; and the IMOCA* skipper’s mantra is powerup, powerstack, powernap. Being in beautiful Bonaire Ruffian has developed a mantra along…
  • What’s the plural of Octopus?
    29th May 2022 Kralendijk, Bonaire They say that all Caribbean islands are the same. The idyllic image has palm trees swaying the breeze while their shadows are cast down onto a soft sand beach and thumping reggae music providing an acoustic backdrop to this paradise. To gain entry to this image you have to go…
  • Gut-wrenching Sphincter-tightening Fear
    23rd May 2022 Simpson Bay Lagoon, Sint Maarten – Kralendijk, Bonaire When cruising offshore there seem to be 2 modes of operation. In the first there is no stress, miles effortlessly slip by under the keel, everything is on a level and the boat simply looks after itself. The other mode of sailing involves gut-wrenching…
  • Retail Therapy
    17th May 2022 Simpson Bay Lagoon, Sint Maarten Some islands give us rich culture and history, others offer endless beaches with snorkelling in clear water and some give us the opportunity to access skills that are beyond us, fill Ruffian with all the spares to keep her in tip top shape and fill her bilges…
  • Any word beginning with B.
    11th May 2022 Lee Bay, Antigua – Simpson Bay Lagoon, Sint Maarten via Coca Point & Low Bay Barbuda. In a classic episode of ‘Harry Enfield and Chums’ Wayne and Waynetta Slob with their kids Frogmella and Spud-u-Lika, get to the final of a gameshow. To win their dream prize, probably something pizza based, they…
  • The Curse.
    5th May 2022 Portsmouth, Dominica – Lee Bay, Antigua via Bouillante, Guadeloupe, Plage Thomas, Guadeloupe, Jolly Harbour, Antigua & Deep Bay, Antigua In years gone by Guadeloupe has always been known to us as ‘The Cursed Isle’. While in its rolly anchorages Ruffian 1 was battered by weather and when we explored its hinterland, we…
  • Journey to another world.
    27th April 2022 Portsmouth, Dominica The names of walks usually tell you what you’re walking on or walking to. ‘The Pacific Coast Trial’ meanders along the length of the Pacific, walking along the ‘Hadrian’s Wall Trail’ you trace the wall that Hadrian built to protect England from the barbaric Scots and if you happen to…
  • A confluence of verbs.
    25th April 2022 Portsmouth, Dominica When writing prose some words are overused to exaggerate experiences. Enormous, breath-taking, magnificent, awesome, spectacular, remarkable, unforgettable, extraordinary, unique, memorable are all in this group, but all these should be used excessively in every sentence and in every way when describing Dominica. The waterfalls in Dominica have been enormous, breath-taking…
  • Taglines
    17th April 2022 Fort Du France, Martinique – Portsmouth, Dominica via Roseau & Salisbury, Dominica A tag line should encompass everything that an organisation stands for and the best ones create differentiation from competition. ‘Uzbekistan Airlines’ wish all their customers ‘Good Luck’ when flying, while ‘Sunglasses Hut’ have been ‘Sitting on your face since 2001’….
  • Polygons.
    10th April 2022 Grand Anse D’Artlets, Martinique – Fort Du France, Martinique via Anse Mitan,& Petit Ilet, Martinique Geometric shapes are categorised by the number of sides they have. Decagons have 10 sides, squares have 4 and at the bottom of the pack is the lowly triangle with 3. If the west coast of Martinique…